1950 to 1961 (AUS)


1950


1950 1950 1950
Edition: London edition - "Small Box" - Red - Post War - Trade Mark - Pat.app.for No.3796-36 
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington -  Leeds - ±1950
Dimensions of the box: 15.2 x 18.2 x 2.9 cm

This is the first time John Sands applies a logo, being an hourglass with his initials inside the instrument.


The reasons it is thought the year of publication of this red box edition is estimated to be ±1950:

New sizes: the Mini box is 10 mm smaller and shorter than those made during WW II.
The John Sands logo with initials inside the instrument.
New label: The label is printed directly onto the cover by litho.

Features of this edition are:


Lid: The lid shows the black "locomotive illustration" in a red square.
Game Board: The game board is light red and weighs 425g.
Rent on Piccadilly: The rent on Piccadilly is £22 like the other two yellow streets.
Community Chest / Chance: The pink Chance and pale blue Community Chest cards are smaller (40-50mm height x 76mm width) and sre made of rigid card.
Tokens: The 5 tokens are different colored 2-3 mm thick 18 mm diam. plastic discs.
Money: The banknotes are printed in colour on off white paper. The seven denominations are: 1 (black on grey green), 5 (red), 10 (blue), 20 (black), 50 (brown), 100 (green) and 500 (red).
Houses / Hotels: The houses and hotels are made of smooth wood. However the houses have almost the same length as the hotels.
Dice: The dice are bluish purple with uncoloured pips.
Rules: The Rules are printed in black on a 12.7 cm wide sheet, saying: "Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope."

1955



Edition: London edition - "Small Box" - White - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington - London / Leeds - ±1955
Dimensions of the box: 15.2 x 18.2 x 2.9 cm
Dimensions of the game board: 49 x 49 cm

This white small box has a strange match with the red box above in that both editions have red houses and green hotels in irregular sizes.


Features of this edition are:


Game Board: The back of the game board is a sort of royal blue, but with a different label than on the lid of one of its parts. This corresponds with the one on the green box, however on a mid-blue background. The fold is perpendicular to the 1st side. 
Rent on Piccadilly: It is £22 on the unimproved ground like the other yellow streets.
Super Tax: Only shows a small, rhomb-shaped square, which is typical for the Waddingtona design.
Community Chest: Shows the blue Parker Brothers' treasure chest on the board.
Chance: The pink Chance and hard blue Community Chest cards are made of rigid card stock. 
Tokens: The six tokens are wood turned pawns.
Money: The circle on the banknotes show the mention "Pat.app.for" under the large figure. The seven banknotes are printed in various colours on coloured paper. They are: £1 (black on green), £5 (black on tan), £10 (red on tan), £20 (black on dark pink), £50 (green on light pink), £100 (red on white) and £500 (black on blue). 
Houses / Hotels: The 32 houses and 12 hotels are made of wood. The houses all vary slightly in size and on many one side is taller than the other.
Locomotives on the station spaces: The "back driving" engine is according to the Waddingtona design, however uncoloured.


1957


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Edition: London edition - "Small Box" - Red Trade Mark - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington - Leeds - ±1957
Dimensions of the box: 15.2 x 18.2 x 2.9 cm
Dimensions of the game board: 49 x 49 cm

Because of the following facts this edition has to be dated around 1960:


The ancient looking illustration of the lid shows the new John Sands hourglass logo with his initials outside the instrument.
The new sizes: this Small box is now 10mm smaller and shorter than those made during WW II.
The label is printed directly onto the cover by litho.
The Rules are printed in blue on a sheet of 12.7cm width.

But it is hard to understand why:


Such an out of date design of a precursor of Rich Uncle Pennybags is applied on the lid.
The Parker Brothers' design with funny sketches of the American Uncle Pennybags was used for the Chance and Community Chest cards.

The sole reason I can imagine these "Parker design cards" were applied is because (worldwide) the "patentless era" or "transition era" set in. This is why the influence of Waddington in all Commonwealth and European countries decreased, while that of Parker Brothers increased and licensees changed.


Other features of this edition are:


Game Board: It's back is white and both parts are connected with clearly visible red tape. The fold is parallel to the 1st side.
Rent on Piccadilly: With the properties the rent of the last (unimproved) street is always somewhat higher than the others, except for the yellow streets. Therefore the rent on Piccadilly is the same as on the other streets, £22.
Community Chest: The Community Chest field on the game board only shows the small, rhomb-shaped square.
Engines on the Station Spaces: The "back driving" engine is according to the Waddingtons design, however, uncoloured.
Super Tax: Only shows a small, rhomb-shaped square, which is typical for the Waddingtons design.
Houses / Hotels: The houses and hotels are of a dull wood.
Dice: The dice are both dark blue with white pips.
Rules: At the end it says the makers are willing to reply to your questions, but "Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope."


1957 Long Box
Edition: London edition - "Long Box" - White - War Time Production - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington - Leeds - ±1957
Dimensions of the box: ± 25 x 51 cm

This edition is interesting because of the fact the label on the lid is the same, incl. the J.S. logo as of the Small Box before this and the Rules are printed in blue. The rectangular game board can now be stored inside the box.


The innerbox is a grey blue and white insert as well as a tray for the houses, hotels and tokens. There are six metal tokens, among which the well-known boat, a running horse with rider and the iron and furthermore the unknown ring, trompet player and archer.


The banknotes are the well-known Monopoly notes with "Pat.app.for no.3796-36" in the circle. They are printed in black on coloured paper in the usual denominations.


The Chance cards are pink and the Community Chest cards blue. They are both illustrated with the Parker Brothers' images. The colours of the card stock applied are the usual for over many years, however the uncommon illustrations are commented on already with the Small Box before this.



1961


1961 1961
Edition: London edition - "Small Box" - Green Trade Mark - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington - Leeds - ±1961
Dimensions of the box: 15.2 x 18.2 x 2.9 cm

This edition is another example of the "transition period".


Features of this edition are:


Lid: On the green lid is a red "locomotive illustration" within a black diamond overlaying a white star. There under is the JS hourglass with initials outside the instrument.
Game Board: It's back is red with the "locomotive illustration" on one of the sections. The fold is perpendicular to the 1st side.
Rent on Piccadilly: Is £22 on the unimproved ground, like the other yellow streets.
Community Chest / Chance: Shows the blue treasure chest of Parker Brothers on the Community Chest cards. Community Chest cards are yellow and the Community Chest cards are orange / pink.
Tokens: Six coloured plastic pawns.
Money: The seven banknotes in this edition are the usual £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100 and £500.
Houses / Hotels: The houses and hotels are made of a dull wood.
Dice: They are bluish purple with uncoloured pips.
Super Tax: Only shows a small, rhomb-shaped square of Waddingtons.
Rules: It mentions "Please enclose 2d. stamp." Rules with this statement are not of this era, so they probably came from old stock perhaps.


1961 1961 1961
Edition: London edition - "Long Box" - Trade Mark - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington Ltd. - London and Leeds - ±1961
Dimensions of the box: 25.5 x 51 cm

This edition of the "transistion period" moved a bit further to the Parker design, shown a.o. by the change of color of the blue Community Chest cards into yellow. It is to be noted that the engines on the station spaces are still the uncoloured Waddington ones.


Features of this edition are:


Lid: On the green lid is a red "locomotive illustration" within a black diamond overlaying a white star. Underneath is the JS hourglass with initials outside the instrument. In the innerbox are two large cardboard inserts with colourful images. The left piece shows "Uncle Pennybags" sitting on a high stack of banknotes with his top hat on and enjoying a cigar. The right piece shows "Uncle Pennybags" without top hat nor cigar, like a convict, sitting on but a tiny stack of banknotes.
Game Board: Its back is red with the "locomotive illustration" within a black diamond overlaying a white star on one of the sections.
Rent on Piccadilly: Is £22 on the unimproved ground, like the other yellow streets.
Community Chest / Chance: The Community Chest space on the board shows the blue Parker Brothers' treasure chest. The Chance cards (77 x 49 mm) are pale dull pink through and the Community Chest cards are yellow. However, this edition has also seen with blue Community Chest cards.
Tokens: Six coloured plastic tokens.
Money: Printed black on coloured paper the seven banknotes arethe usual £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100, and £500.
Houses / Hotels: The houses and hotels are hollowed out plastic with roof tiles and chimney.
Dice: The dice (14 mm) are dark purple blue with uncoloured pips and rounded corners. However, this edition has also been seen with the small Chinese dice (10 mm) where a big red dot is for one.
Super Tax: Only shows a small, rhomb-shaped square of Waddingtons.
Rules: Are printed in blue on a sheet of 12.7 cm width. The money section of these Rules show the distribution to be 2 x £500 per player instead of 1 x £500. At the end it says the makers are willing to reply to your questions, but "Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope".
Locomotives on the Station Spaces: The "back driving" engine is according to the Waddington design, however uncoloured.


1961 1961 1961
Edition: London edition - "Small Box" with separate board - Registered Trade Mark
Publisher: Parker Bros. Inc./Edwards Dunlop and Co. Ltd. - ±1961
Dimensions of the box: 15 x 18 x 3 cm

For some reason Parker Brothers ordered in this "transistion period" this new company Edwards Dunlop to make a different design of the London Monopoly compared to the one of John Sands who still was a licencee of Waddington! It could also be perhaps, as a result of some financial disagreement, John Sands had indicated they no longer wished to produce monopoly sets after their licence ended.


Basically the games are the same and strange enough both companies soon ceased from making any more Monopoly editions for Parker Brothers (Edward Dunlop some time around 1966).


The differences to the John Sands editions are:


The large black characters used for the word Monopoly never used before.
The boards' back is red with the illustration of the lid printed on in a criss-cross pattern.
The Waddingtons "engines illustration" on top of the word Monopoly (on the lid, centre of board and top of the Rules) has been replaced by the Parker "houses illustration, with 2 men, one chasing the other" as already applied by Charles  B. Darrow on his white boxes from 1935.
The small picture of the board in a narrow red Monopoly bar shown on the lid. This obviously is the precursor of the larger version soon applied on the long white boxes.
Underneath the red bar on the lid is the Edward Dunlop logo in solid characters.
There are two blank spare cards for the property deeds.
The Community Chest cards are blue.
The green colour of the houses is much lighter.


When Phil Orbanes was with Hasbro, Australia in March 2010 he learned Edwards Dunlop was actually the parent company of John Sands Ltd.! Dunlop sold off John Sands (which was a major printer in Australia). Apparently, that was the spark that landed the game at Toltoys.

1961 1961
Edition: London edition - "Long Box" - Registered Trade Mark
Publisher: Parker Bros. Inc./Edwards Dunlop and Co. Ltd. - ±1961
Dimensions of the box: 25 x 50 cm

It is exactly the same edition, as far as the accessories are concerned, as the one described before, except for the fact that the long board fits inside the box.


The game board of this long box has a red back as well but its surface has a grainy structure./p>

Note from Harold Lee, August, 2011:

The Edward Dunlop editions as far as I know limit to four, a small and long box both pre decimal (decimalisation was introduced in the UK in 1966), and the other two editions are post decimal, again in small and long box. None of them are all that scarce but the pre-decimal long box seems less common as i have only seen about three or four so far. The pre-decimal small box is also not that common, only seen about five offered so far, no doubt many more will surface over time.